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PARKROYAL on Pickering–Afternoon Tea at Lime Restaurant

For all those who love afternoon tea, you might want to check out PARKROYAL on Pickering’s “Tiers of Joy” Afternoon Tea set at the Lime Restaurant, specially designed to be shared by two guests. Each set serves 2 people and the pricing is as follows:
• S$42++* includes a high tea set, and a single serving of specialty coffee and TWG tea
• S$48++* includes a high tea set, and unlimited servings of specialty coffee and TWG tea

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I had the opportunity to check out the afternoon tea and I must say this tea set is good for those who want a place to relax for a few hours, with some nibbles and unlimited servings of coffee and tea. If I were working in the CBD and needed a place to carry out business meetings, this might be the perfect solution too. I really love the bright and spacious feel of Lime Restaurant, thanks to the high ceiling and floor to ceiling glass walls. The water features lining the periphery of the restaurant help to exude the “oasis in the middle of a concrete jungle” feeling.

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Nowadays Baby gets to partake in the afternoon tea experience too, just don’t tell him that he got the short end of the carrot stick….

Scroll down for more pictures of the afternoon tea set we enjoyed!

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Raffles City Market Place (Cold Storage)

Since I’m on a roll talking about supermarkets, I thought you might be interested to know that the Raffles City Market Place supermarket has finally reopened after a renovation. I’ve always loved going to Market Place, but after the renovation, I must say it looks even better. The supermarket now looks like those high end supermarkets I saw in Seoul last year, where there is an assistant standing at the end of each aisle. The supermarket stocks even more items than before, with many items you would think are only found in speciality gourmet stores.

You know how some people love buying food as souvenirs when they’re overseas? This is how I feel when I’m at the Market Place, I feel like I’m on holiday, looking at all the interesting food items hailing from around the world.

Market Place (Raffles City) - produce section

Market Place (Raffles City) - shelf end displays

There are some interesting sections which the office crowd and harried home cooks would be pleased to know about

  • Make your own Salad counter
  • Food to Go range
  • Gourmet Ready meal boxes
  • “Ready to cook” pre-marinated meats

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Fullerton Hotel Afternoon Tea at The Courtyard 2014

I love enjoying a spot of afternoon tea but I’ve been neglecting this ritual thanks to the numerous cafes that have been popping up and taking away our attention. Although both activities seem to be similar in nature, ie relax and chit chat over hot drinks, having afternoon tea strikes me as a much more relaxing affair, and usually more hassle free. Apart from the hotels, there are unfortunately no good afternoon tea places if you are looking for the quintessential English afternoon tea. I wonder who will be the next brave entrepreneur who will fill the gap in this market.

Interestingly, although we love the idea of having afternoon tea and think that it’s such a British affair, I’m not so sure if the Brits think of afternoon tea with such fondness. I do know of British colleagues who scoff at the conversation whenever somebody “mistakenly” states that the British like to have afternoon tea. Also, this idea of having afternoon tea only started to come about in the 1800s, when dinner began to be pushed further and further back from lunch time due to the availability of artificial lighting, resulting in a gap that needed to be filled.

Fullerton Hotel serves their afternoon tea via a three-tier afternoon tea set. The set is refillable, meaning you can order more of the items that you like. Each set also comes with 2 choices of tea, and of course unlimited top ups of hot water.

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This is the 3 tier afternoon tea set that will be served. The middle row aka the savoury row is always my favourite because I’m a savoury sort of person. I really love these dainty morsels, and they put you n such a good mood when you see them. If only I could have 2 rows of savoury, and just 1 row of sweet treats. Alas, despite 2 rows of cakes, they don’t have a super decadent chocolate cake, which in my world, is mandatory.

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Random food photos from Raffles Hotel

Was at the 2nd Rendezvous with French Cinema event earlier this month at Raffles Hotel. Highlight of the day was to meet the famous French actress Sophie Marceau. Some might remember her in one of the Bond movies, The World is not Enough. I don’t watch all that many movies but I did happen to catch that one and I enjoyed it a lot.

I really admire Sophie Marceau and people like her. She has kids yet she still manages to juggle a backbreaking jet setting career. The idea of having to fly all over the world and live out of a suitcase may seem daunting, but wouldn’t that really be living life to the fullest? Sometimes I wish I were doubly busy with back to back appointments. Then I can say to myself that I’ve made use of every minute that I have. Of course it would be a fine line between just packing your days with inane stuff, versus going slowly but doing more meaningful work.

Anyway, since the highlight of the event wasn’t so much about food, I didn’t take many photos of the canapés served. Couldn’t resist taking a picture of the Champagne and pretty chocolate pastry though. The Champagne was the 1st thing I had that day! Smile

Raffles Hotel Champagne

A Champagne a day puts a smile on the face Smile

Raffles Hotel Chocolate Pastry (2)

Ain’t these just so pretty???? BTW, the cakes at Ah Teng Bakery in Raffles Hotel are surprisingly affordable at about $6 a slice. Considering it’s Raffles Hotel, that pricing is quite palatable!

Jaillance, the N°1 AOP Sparkling Wine Brand in France comes to Singapore!

Listen up people! If you’re planning a big party or an intimate evening, you would no doubt have had some thoughts on what sort of alcohol to provide. Champagne’s always a crowd pleaser, however most people can’t provide that without being afraid of burning a hole in their pockets!

Well, fret not, now that bestselling French bottle-fermented sparkling wine Jaillance bubbles onto our shores for the first time with two offerings – the brut Sémillon from Bordeaux and the demi-sec Muscat, Clairette from Die. Sweeping accolades at the International Wine Challenge, the International Wine and Spirit Competition, the Decanter World Wine Awards, the Concours National des Crémants and the Concours Effervescents du Monde, these sparkling wines are sure to bring the holiday spirit into any celebration, just in time for the upcoming Christmas and New Year festivities.Jaillance Event at Balzac Brasserie -  brut Sémillon from Bordeaux and the demi-sec Muscat, Clairette from Die

Jaillance originates from the Drôme Valley, nestled between Vercors and Provence, and represents the Cave de Die, a cooperative founded in 1950 under the leadership of Henri Bonnet. More than 120 000 connoisseurs and enthusiasts visit its cellars every year in Die and Bourg-sur-Gironde to savour its collection.

What’s the difference between sparkling wine vs Champagne?

For those not in the know, Champagne IS sparkling wine, produced from grapes grown exclusively in the Champagne region of France. Sparkling wine made using the exact same method as Champagne but with grapes not from the Champagne region cannot be called Champagne.

The point of this is that because there can only be a limited amount of Champagne produced in the Champagne region, and because the average person does not know that there is more to sparkling wine than just Champagne, Champagne the sparkling wine obviously commands a premium.

The thing is, not everything called Champagne equals quality. For the same price, you would probably get a superior tasting sparkling wine of other origins as compared to sparkling wine from the Champagne region. And that’s where Jaillance comes into the picture. Can you believe it that these award winning wines are retailing in Singapore for $26.90 (Muscat,Clairette) and $29.90 (Semillon)???

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Personally, I favoured the demi-sec Muscat, Clairette from Die much more than the brut Sémillon from Bordeaux. Demi-sec means slightly sweet, whereas brut means dry. The demi-sec has a slightly higher sugar level in it, which was more palatable to the sweet-toothed me.

I’m no wine connoisseur so obviously I don’t think I can tell the difference between a good quality sparkling wine vs a good quality champagne. What I can say is I did enjoy drinking these sparking wines very much. More so as compared to a champagne I drank at a subsequent event later that week!

Canapés from Balzac Brasserie

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We got to pair our sparkling wines with canapes courtesy of Balzac Brasserie at Rendezvous Hotel. Balzac Brasserie is a French bistro which I have not tried to date, but based on the quality of the canapes served, and the nice, light & airy ambience at Balzac, I’m quite keen to come back again soon!

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Jaillance Event at Balzac Brasserie - Carpaccio of REd Beetroot and marinated Calamari

Carpaccio of Red Beetroot and marinated Calamari

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